AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — The Aurora Police Department has terminated the employment of an officer accused of not intervening in an alleged case of excessive force — and not reporting it afterwards. Francine Martinez, 40, is now facing one charge of failing to intervene and a second charge of failing to report the use of force.

Francine Martinez

Francine Martinez (credit: Arapahoe County)

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The charges stem from an incident Friday, July 23. Sources familiar with the case say Martinez was involved in a struggle with a suspect when officer John Haubert intervened and allegedly used excessive force on the suspect.

Officer Haubert, 39, was charged with one count of assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, a second felony assault charge of strangulation, and felony menacing — as well as official misconduct and official oppression, both misdemeanors.

The suspect suffered cuts and bruises in the incident and law enforcement contacts indicated there is videotape of the altercation.


Anica Padilla